The Relevance of Footprints Left Behind

My family enjoys vacationing at the beach. Our favorite part of being there is walking along the shore, looking for the perfect seashell along the shallow incoming tide. My youngest daughter, Miller, loves to try and walk in my footprints.…

Life is Like an Amusement Park

Over the Holidays, my family vacationed in Orlando and went to 5 amusement parks in 5 days. In order to maximize our time at each park, we knew we needed to do the following: Have a general game plan: We…

Playing by the Rules: Ethics and Values Come First

There is extreme pressure in team sports to win – at all costs. At the collegiate level, winning impacts endowments, student enrollment, scholarships, ticket sales, national rankings and recognition. At the professional level, winning has a direct correlation with ticket…

Help Your Employees “PLAY BALL”

Personal and professional development are a central part of one’s career progression. Without proper guidance, an employee will have a difficult time figuring out how to leverage strengths and choose a career path that makes sense. I have created an…

Keys to Building a Successful Culture

A head football coach at any level must build the right culture before success can be realized. First, it is crucial for the head coach to put a staff in place that supports his philosophy and vision for running the program. Second,…

Managing Challenging Personalities

In sports, team chemistry is crucial to success. Its leader (head coach) must set the tone by articulating its vision, defining what success looks like, clarifying roles and creating the culture. Taking these steps – and getting everyone on board…

Leaving Your Mark

Two years ago I decided to coach travel baseball again after taking several years off to focus on work and family. My intentions were clear from the beginning – I wanted to help players get better at the sport and…

Tips for Identifying and Assisting an “Underdog”

Underdog – competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest. In sports, people love rooting for the “underdog”. We feel compelled to cheer for such a team, especially in situations where no one expects them to…

How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

As a professional, it’s important to think about the legacy you want to leave behind – for your team and the organization. Monuments, statues, busts and plaques are several ways people are “immortalized” for great accomplishments. How, when and why…

Positive Leadership is the “New Normal”

We are seeing it more and more — head coaches of team sports are attributing game success (winning) to their positive approach with their players. Josh Pastner, first year Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach, was recently named ACC Coach of…